Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Oct 2013 10:16 UTC
Windows

Manual window management is awful. Windows 8 ditched windows in favor of fullscreen apps. Traditional desktop window paradigms are powerful but obsolete.

Windows 9 unifies previous contrasting paradigms, taking design cues from all platforms and recent innovations.

Just an unofficial design concept, but damn, this is sexy. This is exactly what Windows needs - a combination of the old and new, leading to something seemingly far more usable than the monstrosity that is Metro in Windows 8.

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Get off my lawn
by Ultimatebadass on Wed 2nd Oct 2013 13:57 UTC
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2006-01-08

Can't we just get normal windows? I can resize/organize them just fine.

Also, I know it's hard to believe, but there are applications that use more than four huge-ass buttons to do stuff.

People complained about FisherPrice UI when Windows XP came out. THIS is a true babys-first-computer UI. You CAN create a visually attractive dekstop without removing functionality, apple somehow manages to pull this off (not everyone is a fan of osx but you can't deny it's elegant and does not limit functionality the same way metro or this design does).

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RE: Get off my lawn
by Morgan on Wed 2nd Oct 2013 14:47 in reply to "Get off my lawn"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

(not everyone is a fan of osx but you can't deny it's elegant and does not limit functionality the same way metro or this design does).


The great thing about OS X is that, for the things it does limit, it is very easy to implement using open software. OS X's BSD underpinnings make it a snap to port GNU/Linux software over. So, you get the elegance and ease of use alongside the power to get stuff done and use the old tools you're used to.

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RE[2]: Get off my lawn
by redshift on Fri 4th Oct 2013 00:32 in reply to "RE: Get off my lawn"
redshift Member since:
2006-05-06

"(not everyone is a fan of osx but you can't deny it's elegant and does not limit functionality the same way metro or this design does).


The great thing about OS X is that, for the things it does limit, it is very easy to implement using open software. OS X's BSD underpinnings make it a snap to port GNU/Linux software over. So, you get the elegance and ease of use alongside the power to get stuff done and use the old tools you're used to.
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Yes... the next version (mavericks) does not appear to ruin what was good about it. Even on the current release they implemented the Launchpad in a way that power-users can ignore it easily, unlike launching apps win8. (I still don't get the appeal of that kind of full screen app launcher on a big screen)

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RE[2]: Get off my lawn
by lucas_maximus on Fri 4th Oct 2013 19:39 in reply to "RE: Get off my lawn"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Except that it if relies on some parts of OSX being totally unixy ... well then it is a PITA.

I learn this less well when I was a Tiger/Leopard user.

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RE: Get off my lawn
by Vanders on Wed 2nd Oct 2013 16:14 in reply to "Get off my lawn"
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

Can't we just get normal windows? I can resize/organize them just fine.


What? No! This is a brave new world! We must eschew the paradigms of the past and re-invent them for the new millennium. Preferably, we should have an art designer do that. Definitely no one with any HCI experience or training at all. If they've actually studied this stuff they'll just be biased towards doing things the old way won't they? We can't have that.

Everything has to a 'phone on steroids, icons have to be huge but entirely free of any useful information about what they do, and options just confuse people so just 'em the defaults.

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